Skincare Review: Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence by Rhoto

Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…

~Janet Jackson “Got Till It’s Gone”, was written by Harris, James Samuel Iii/lewis, Terry

Exactly how I felt about this Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence.

From The Brand

Suppresses melanin production and prevents spots and freckles. Prevents acne and breakouts. Recommended for use on oily skin. Prevents uncomfortable burning sensation from sunburns. Tightens, cleanses, and recalibrates the skin. Key in maintaining healthy skin and keep it moisturized.


・Active Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (Active Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Derivative), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Isopropylphenol
・Other Ingredients: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Ethoxydiglycol, Alpinia Katsumadai Seed Extract (Alpinia White), BG、Edetate, Thickeners, Fragrances


¥ 1,025

My Two-Cents

I’m blessed with hormonal imbalance, so when everyone (females) have *that* time of the month when pimples seems to grow like unwanted weed in the middle of your beautiful turf, I have that every other week. Basically whenever my body feels like acting up.

The aftermath  is, well my skin needs a LOT of work.

During the 2 months that I’ve been using this, I haven’t wrote any reviews or raves about Melano CC, instead I raved on Sum:37′ Time Energy Skin Resetting Moist Firming Cream and Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask.

I got my Melano CC 2 months ago and I’ve been using it religiously ever since. That is, until I started testing an acid toner that is *supposedly* mind-blowing and because I don’t want to over-exfoliate I stopped any other low-pH actives including Melano CC.

Then I realized how much Melano CC helps, especially with my PIH and overall brightness. This past 2 weeks I’ve been pretty much on the same routine, just minus this and some minor stuffs I ran out of, but boy is my skin different. Even after using Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask, Sum:37 TE Skin Resetting Cream, and Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask (my ussual glow arsenal), I still couldn’t get THAT glow.

So ya, baby you’re coming back to me and I ain’t letting you go this time.

Science Talk

While Rhoto says that Melano CC uses a more stable form of vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), they don’t exactly specify which more stable derivate they’re using. Combined with vitamin E, they made a formidable enemy for sun spots, PIH, dull skin, basically, hello glow!

As for pH level, Melano CC is ideal and stable at pH 3,5 (tested using multicolor pH strip).


Efficacy: 4/5

Packaging: 5/5

Price: 5/5

Avaibility (in Indonesia): 3/5

Overall: 4.5/5